Rotterdam, Make It Happen

Rotterdam - home to one of the largest ports in the world. A mediagenic metropolis with a skyline that keeps growing. And the hometown of 600,000 'Rotterdammers’, from 170 different backgrounds - and each of them has his or her own story. They make Rotterdam what it is today: a vibrant, open-minded city, with lots of room for new initiatives.

According to Lonely Planet, Rotterdam - with its remarkable modern architecture and focus on the arts and culture - has the allure of a world city. Our 'home base’ holds first place in their ranking of European cities with excellent accessibility for anyone visiting. Other media like Rough Guides and the New York Times affirm Rotterdam's potential as a destination for business or pleasure. So it should come as no surprise that Rotterdam is also a major player in the international conference market.

Rotterdam’s 'spearheads’

Rotterdam has a number of key economic segments: Medical & Life Sciences, Food, Transport & Logistics, Maritime and Cleantech. Rotterdam’s city government has set up a special fund for association conferences that align with these 'spearheads’ - to offer a financial helping hand to the event organisers.

Rotterdam, an ideal conference city

World-renowned institutions like Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the city’s port, its strong accessibility and compact structure and its competitive international price-quality ratio: these are all solid arguments for conference organisers to hold their event in Rotterdam. And the local conference sector is further strengthened by Rotterdam’s increased hotel and conference capacity.

Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre (RACC)
  • Opening in 2019
  • Largest auditorium in the Netherlands
  • Trade show facilities on location
  • New hotel next to the venue
Rotterdam’s perfect conference venue

For 45 years already, Rotterdam Ahoy has been building the ideal venue for events large and small. Whatever their scale, they have one thing in common: they are a one-of-a-kind experience that inspires, motivates and enriches. Our staff and venue literally bring worlds together. As Rotterdam locals, we share the city’s legendary down-to-earth mentality. But with our unique approach, we also set the pace for the future of the Events & Conferences sector. Behind the scenes and on the floor, we work tirelessly to help create the finest memories for you and your guests. We look forward to welcoming you.